Andre Monroe is ready to move on from heartbreak, and the first step is bringing home his rescue pup. He’d bonded instantly with the playful Zeus and was already planning their first adventures. But one thing he definitely hadn’t daydreamed about was Zeus accidentally being promised to someone else – or that he might go home empty-handed and brokenhearted all over again.
Janelle Johnson is not giving up her claim to Zeus. He already has a hold on her heart (and his own Instagram handle). After the year she’d had, she needed this dog. But when she sees the disappointment of the big, burly handsome man who’s clearly just as in love with the dog as she is, she proposes a deal to Andre – for one month they’ll co-parent the dog. How hard could it be?
Both of them agree to the unusual arrangement. Sharing a dog with a complete stranger isn’t quite the walk in the (dog) park they imagined, but as they work together to give Zeus a loving future, their four-legged friend might not be the only one who’s found a happily ever after.
A Walk in the Park was honestly one of the better Audible Originals novellas. The premise of this was really cute and I definitely fell in love with Zeus the second he was introduced.
It was great, for once, to read a book with plus-sized main characters. Especially black ones, I feel like this is an area in romance books that is massively underrepresented. If you have any recommendations that are similar I am definitely down for some!
Both Janelle and Andre were very likable and I love how they were both artists, but in different fields. The shared connection they have because of their art is very sweet and I liked how even though Andre was a well-known artist he wasn’t at all arrogant. They were both normal people and it was quite refreshing.
I love a bit of insta-love and that’s exactly what I got. Although I wouldn’t say it was completely insta-love as they didn’t say that four-letter word. If anything it was a somewhat normal amount of time for people to get into a relationship. They both admitted they liked each other within a few days of meeting and then a week or two later they got together. Nothing wrong with that if you ask me.
One thing I will say about the romance parts of A Walk in the Park is when they started “getting it on” I was not expecting it to be so explicit. I don’t have a problem with this, but the rest of the book was quite sweet so I wasn’t expecting such adult content. This is one of my issues with Audible, they don’t put age ratings on books (at least not on the app) and the cartoon style of these book covers does make them look more for younger audiences. Maybe it’s just me with that opinion.
Honestly, if you have a spare two hours I really would recommend A Walk in the Park, it was a solid read/listen.
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